Tastykakes to Yorktown

Feeling like King and Queen we woke up in the colorful room of our Virginia Beach warm showers hosts. Amanda got a shower complete with a homemade Eucalyptus sugar scrub, warm showers taken to the next level! We began the arduous task of packing bags, each time we pack we organize a little bit better, and moving everything out to the garage.

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We needed to walk to the local Navy Federal Credit Union for Amanda to get the required Medallion Signature Guarantee for her 403b transfer. Even as nomads we can’t run away from the paperwork nightmare. Shout-out to Tim our family soldier who got us the account with Navy FCU. Thanks a million Tim!!

Paperwork complete, breakfast ate, and truck packed our hosts offered to drive us through the tunnel to Hampton where we could bike to Yorktown. Saving us many miles and lots of logistics. Thanks amazingly awesome Nick and Margret.

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Bikes loaded and “back in the saddle again” we started to make our way from Hampton to Yorktown on Route 17, 500 yards down the road we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stock up at the Tastykake & bread outlet. Not farm made, but a Philadelphia icon and budget friendly.

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Full grocery bag bobbing behind our bikes we battled our way down the road which alternated from wide shoulders to construction zones all the way to Yorktown. Deliberately or not a construction truck blocked traffic behind us for 5+ miles which was a nice change from staring into the mirror to avoid being run over by a landscaping truck or soccer mom ala SUV.

We made it to Yorktown safely where we breathed a sigh of relief and pedaled to the entrance of the visitors center. Inside we purchased our America The Beautiful Pass giving us unlimited access to nearly all federally owned land, parks, forests, and preserves. Best $80 spent yet!

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Wheeling through Yorktown, we explored its historic buildings and the stories of the people who made this revolutionary town so notable. We stopped by the Victory Monument (the start/end of the Trans-America Bike Ride) and began our ride down the wide, lane-less Colonial Parkway towards Williamsburg.

Ten miles onto the Colonial Historic Parkway we started for places to cook dinner and possibly to camp. Thanks to Google and Amanda’s research we found New Quarter Park, our resting spot for tonight.

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